Jan 1, 2014; Pasadena, CA, USA; Michigan State Spartans coach Mark Dantonio (left) and quarterback Connor Cook (18) hoist the Leishman Trophy after the 100th Rose Bowl against the Stanford Cardinal. Michigan State defeated Stanford 24-20. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Spartans Prove They Are Among Nations Best With Rose Bowl Win

With the way the season started you wouldn’t have believed it would have ended like this. Going into the season everyone knew the Spartans had a solid defense but the offense has question marks all over it.

Who would be the starting quarterback?

Would the Spartans be able to run the ball without Le’veon Bell?

The questions got louder as the offense struggled to start the season. The Spartans got through the non-conference schedule on their defensive prowess alone.  In fact the defense outscored the offense in two of the 4 non-conference games.

Critics thought the Spartans would never be able to put it together enough to make a run at the Big Ten title.

They thought wrong.

After the 24-20 win over the favored Stanford Cardinal in the 2014 Rose Bowl, no one can say that the Spartans shouldn’t belong as one of  the top five teams in college football. They earned their way by overcoming adversity and believing in their team and their coach.

At the beginning of the season when no one believed in the Spartans. No one but one. The head coach Mark Dantonio.

He believed and that’s all the mattered to the team. That belief propelled this team to win after win. That belief led them through a quarterback controversy and past arch rivals on the road. It even sustained them when their defensive captain was inexplicably suspended on the eve of the biggest game in recent school history.

Sometimes belief is all that all that someone needs to bring the best out in them.

Now they have earned their spot among the elite teams in college football by winning the Rose Bowl for the first time since 1988.

No Shortcuts. No Lucky Brakes. No Excuses.

Just heart, determination and the courage to dream big.

Isn’t that is what college football is all about.  Isn’t that is what life is all about.

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